As BCD looks back over 15 years of research, we've been reflecting over all the different directions our research has taken us.
Single Word Matrices
In the early days, we followed the Michael Drosnin-type style of searching for single words and looking at the resulting matrix for other single words. We found this method quite unsatisfactory in terms of finding statistically significant equidistant letters sequences (ELSs). In fact, originally we set out to disprove that Bible codes were a significant phenomenon. In those days, we worked under the title: Bible Code Critic. However, as we delved deeper into searching and with the assistance of Hebrew scholars, we were able to discover lengthy meaningful ELSs. These proved to be statistically significant findings, and we felt compelled to continue researching. We then changed the name of our publication to Bible Code Digest.
We began to discover the clustering of codes in sections of Scripture. This led us to consider whether or not the codes related to the topics in the surface text, which in many cases they did. One of the most interesting relationships was found in the lengthy Gushing code, which is in Isaiah 53.
Gushing from above, Jesus is my mighty name, and my clouds rejoiced.
Where? At the mountain, said Levi. Their light came. God is in it.
Read more about it in New 40-Letter Code Dramatically Links Isaiah 53 with Gospel Accounts of the Transfiguration of Christ.
Significant clusters have been found in:
- Ezekiel 7, 37 and 40
- Genesis and Exodus
- Isaiah 40-46 and 53
- Psalm 22
To read more about clusters, visit our Major Clusters page.
We have described our method of searching for lengthy ELSs previously in the article Non-Random Equidistant Letter Sequence Extensions in the Hebrew Bible. Looking at the letters on either side of the code for additional words or phrases lead to finding lengthy ELSs, and in general, the longer the code, the more statistically significant it is. To date, the longest code found by a BCD researcher is 296 letters long, The 296-Letter-Long Shimon Peres Code. It was researched and translated by Moshe Aharon Shak.
As the ELSs became longer and longer, we began to ponder the possibility of wrapped codes. A wrapped code is when you continue searching past the end of the Scripture by starting over at the beginning, almost as though the Scriptures were a cylinder shape and the code could continue wrapping through the text indefinitely. You can wrap individual sections of Scripture, for example the Torah, or the entire Tanakh (Old Testament).
The longest wrapped code found to date with a huge skip (-101,012) is 108 letters long and wraps nine times. To read more about it, see the article 108-Letter-Long Buddhist Code.
DNA Shaped Codes
We had been used to working with two dimensional matrices (like a crossword puzzle array or an expanded Scrabble board), multi-dimensional clusters and wrapped codes. We then discovered a one-dimensional straight line of Hebrew letters, like just one column of a very large Scrabble board, which contained the impossible: a column of only 372 Hebrew letters (at a skip of 3,806 letters between each successive letter) that included a large collection of lengthy codes.
How could there be 666 letters (and 85 sentences) of code within only 372 Hebrew letters? It is much like a DNA molecule. It consisted of strands that wrapped around one another in a double helix. However, this collection of codes also included a few triple and quadruple helixes. The letters in this single column matrix included letters from all but three of the 39 books of the Old Testament, tying together the entire book in a package. Only the very short books of Nahum, Haggai and Jonah are not touched by this single column of encoded letters, which is mind-boggling. Read more about it in the article, Did the Old Testament Have Just One Author? Discovering the First Evidence of "DNA" in the Bible.
Communicating Our Findings
One challenge over the years has been finding the best way to communicate our findings. Since all of the research is done in Hebrew, we have relied on Hebrew scholars for researching and translating the Hebrew ELSs into English. We have varied our articles from a more conversational style to a scholarly, scientific approach in order to communicate with all of our readers, many of whom have an interest in the topic, but not a scientific or scholarly background, and some who do have a scientific background and are interested in the statistics of the various codes.
After 15 years of researching and writing on this topic, we can say there is no doubt it is a significant phenomenon. It is unfortunate that many have been satisfied with the sensational approach of single-word matrices and extrapolating fantastic predictions based on a few words found in proximity to one another. We have taken a more measured, more scientific approach of researching and presenting our findings as clearly as possible, without sensational predictions.
We believe the codes are evidence of God's authorship of the Bible. No man or group of men could have encoded the Scripture in this manner. We also believe that the codes are not meant to replace or enhance Scripture. The surface text of the Bible always takes precedence as the Word of God.
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